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The Supreme Court today dismissed the interim bail plea filed by Christian Michel, accused in the AgustaWestland case, who had sought to be released on interim bail amid COVID-19 pandemic.
Michel had approached the Supreme Court after the Delhi High Court refused to entertain his plea for interim bail. Today, the Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and BR Gavai dismissed the plea.
Michel had sought interim bail on the ground that his health condition was very critical and incompatible with the current prison conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. He had cited his age as also being a factor that could render him more vulnerable to the contagion.
In his plea, it was asserted that Michel needed to live in an environment where the risk of contagion was lesser and where social distancing could be effectively practised.
It was also Michel's case that the High Powered Committee set up to consider the class of prisoners that can be released in accordance with the Supreme Court's order of March 23 had not considered him for such release. In this order, the Supreme Court had directed States to form a High Powered Committee to consider releasing prisoners for the decongestion of jails amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
On approaching the High Court, Michel's plea for interim bail was not listed before the Court restricted its functioning owing to which the Supreme Court was moved. The Apex Court had then directed Michel to go back to the High Court and had asked the Delhi High Court to consider his plea.
Earlier this month, the High Court dismissed Michel's plea on the ground that his apprehensions were unfounded.